Candy Apples

Rediscover the joy of traditional Candy Apples, a delightful treat that combines the crispness of fresh apples with a glistening candy coating. This recipe brings back fond memories of fall fairs and festive gatherings. The perfect blend of sugar, light corn syrup, and a hint of cinnamon oil creates a shiny, hard candy shell, tantalizingly colored with red food coloring for that classic look. Whether you're planning a party or looking for a fun cooking project, these candy apples are sure to impress.

Ingredients

  • 10-12 apples
  • Wooden skewers
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 8 drops red food coloring
  • 5-6 drops oil of cinnamon

Instructions

Begin by thoroughly washing and drying the apples. Remove the stems and carefully insert wooden skewers into the stem end of each apple; set these prepared apples aside.

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine the sugar, light corn syrup, and water. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved. To prevent sugar crystals from forming on the sides of the pan, keep them wiped off with a damp cloth.

Continue to boil the mixture until the syrup reaches 300°F. As the temperature approaches 280°F, reduce the heat to maintain a light straw color in the syrup. Once it reaches 300°F, immediately remove the saucepan from heat and briefly plunge it into a pan of cold water to stop the boiling. Then, place the pan over a pot of hot water to keep the syrup from hardening.

Stir in the oil of cinnamon and red food coloring into the syrup. Dip each apple into the syrup, holding them upright and twirling slowly to ensure the syrup covers the entire apple. Place the coated apples on a well-greased cookie sheet to cool and harden. Enjoy your homemade candy apples!

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